Monthly Archives: June 2015

2015 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Day Three

Sunday, June 21 began for us with Gregory Downs presenting on “A War That Could Not End at Appomattox,” giving an excellent case that the war did continue past the surrenders because Congress and President Johnson continued to exercise their war powers. Once again, C-SPAN broadcast the presentations: Next up was Professor Lesley Gordon […]

2015 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Day Two

The second day of the conference was Saturday, June 20, and was also the first full day. C-SPAN 3 broadcast the conference live for most of the day. We started off with Professor Joan Waugh of UCLA telling us about Ulysses S. Grant and the Meaning of Appomattox: Next up was Professor Stephen Cushman […]

2015 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College Day One

This year’s summer conference of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College was, as always, an outstanding experience. The conference began on Friday, June 19 in the College Union Building Ballroom at Gettysburg College, and it concluded with the arrival of the buses returning attendees from our two-day tours of the Richmond/Petersburg/Appomattox area. As usual, it […]

Flagging Support for Flags

Calls to remove confederate flags from government property are big in the news these days. I was going to collect a number of articles, but the explosion of commentary is so huge it’s difficult if not impossible to put together a comprehensive collection. I’m happy to see elected officials such as Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. […]

Aloha Friday, June 26, 2015

Here’s Danny Couch and his beautiful song, “These Islands.” If this doesn’t get you into the Aloha mood, nothing will. The floor is yours. What should we talk about?

Spray Paint, Monuments, and Conversation

In the ongoing protests against public display of confederate symbols on government property [see story here], some individuals have targeted confederate monuments for vandalism.   The anger is understandable, and the message, even when misspelled [“Mater?” Come on, man. Learn your own language], resonates. But vandalism is not the solution. As a society, we can’t condone […]

Impediments of War: Richmond Redeemed

This episode of Civil War Talk Radio features Dr. Dick Sommers talking about the new edition of his book, Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg, the Battles of Chaffin’s Bluff and Poplar Spring Church. This is an outstanding interview.

Harry Jaffa: Crisis of the House Divided

Here’s the late Harry Jaffa discussing his brilliant book, Crisis of the House Divided.

Lincoln’s International Influence

Here’s Professor Paul Quigley, the James I. Robertson Jr. Professor of Civil War History at Virginia Tech and the Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies talking about Abraham Lincoln’s international influence. From the video’s description:  “Paul Quigley talked about how Abraham Lincoln’s image has been adapted internationally for different purposes since his […]

Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad

Here’s a panel discussion on the Underground Railroad. From the video’s description: “A panel discusses the true story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them. Ed Ayers, President of the University of Richmond, moderates Eric Foner, author of Gateway to Freedom; Edna Greene Medford, professor of history at […]